Southwest Airlines CEO hopes 737 Max is back this summer

18 Mai, 2019, 04:17 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing Co. said on Thursday it had completed a software update for its 737 MAX jets, which have been grounded worldwide since March after they were involved in two fatal crashes.

To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights, he said.

The next major step is a certification flight with Federal Aviation Administration representatives on board.

Boeing has completed development of the software update, simulator testing and engineering test flights for the 737 MAX.

In those accidents, erroneous readings from a single sensor triggered software known as MCAS, which pushed down the nose of each aircraft until pilots lost control.

Earlier in the week, CBS News and the New York Times both reported on the recording of a meeting between American Airlines pilots dating back to November 27, 2018, less than a month after the Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

The FAA, other regulators and airlines are reviewing the company's plans for additional pilot training, the company said.

Boeing engineers have been working on the software update for more than six months - far longer than they expected - having started shortly after the October 29 crash of a Max operated by Indonesia's Lion Air.

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Management at Boeing, according to an investor note from Morgan Stanley, have found a "degree of optimism" as talks with customers and regulators proceed around getting the 737 MAX flying again, "which could potentially occur over the coming months".

There are powerful commercial drivers for the 737 MAX to resume service as soon as possible but Boeing's standing has been tarnished by unflattering details that have surfaced in media reports and could potentially extend the regulatory process. The company said it will hold a series of regional customer conferences around the world to inform customers of the new training requirements.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said on Friday that an order for 31 737 Max jets from Boeing remains "intact", despite deadly crashes involving the aircraft. "I am not happy with a 13-month gap between finding that anomaly and us finding out about it", Elwell said.

It will also make the system less potent, which is expected to prevent the steep dives seen in the two crashes, and provide additional training materials. Critics say Boeing rushed the design of the Max; the company disputes that.

The FAA's aircraft certification chief, Earl Lawrence, told Congress on Wednesday the agency has been reviewing a preliminary version of the software provided by Boeing.

"That's the reason that we had this crash".

Aviation regulators from other countries will have to assess Boeing's proposed fixes and clear the aircraft to fly in regions independently of the FAA.

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